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Salewa Headquarters Bolzano South

A building between technology, man, nature and home

2013-25-01

A modern, energy efficient central warehouse including headquarters and dispatch. High quality sportive fashion and equipment will be stored under the roof of Oberalp’s new logistics centre. With energy efficient solutions by TGW, the pioneering project was realized in Bolzano.

Especially in the alpine sport segment, the Oberalp Group, among others known for the brand Salewa, was able to hold and extend its leading position. The rising success made the site in Bolzano too small, several satellite warehouses in and around Bolzano proved as complicated solution and the wish for a new central building, where headquarters and central warehouse as well as distribution centre should be consolidated, became louder.

TGW as system integrator for automation

TGW was entrusted as system integrator for the complete automation of the new logistics centre. Together with planner IWL, a tailor-made, energy efficient and modern distribution centre was implemented. TGW took over the complete realisation, integrated the solution into Oberalp’s warehouse management system and supplied technology from one source. A specialty of the system is the individualized interface programme, which was created by IT project manager Albert Fischlmayr exactly according to the customer’s needs. The controls were connected to the warehouse management controls by using a gateway with distinct material flow functionality, which enabled both systems to stay in their proven standard.

The automated mini-load warehouse stores 97,152 plastic totes and trays, which are flexibly and chaotically stored in the 18.5 meter high racks. About 50,000 SKUs of brands like Salewa, Silvretta and Dynafit are stored in eight aisles, which are equipped with a Mustang stacker crane. At ten picking stations, replenished by the mini-load warehouse, 600 picks per shift are handled, in addition to bigger goods like skiers, which are picked manually. Thus, dependent on the season, up to 30,000 goods leave the warehouse per shift.

"This technology signifies a rapid development from a lot of manual work to a high rate of automation", says Hubert Andres, Logistics Director at Oberalp. "This enables us to be a lot more efficient, however, we are faced with completely new challenges, for example concerning personnel development for our company and the maintenance of the electro-mechanical system."

Energy efficiency as optimum

"Additional to the technical aspects of the installation, Oberalp emphasizes efficient cooperation regarding Life Time Service", says TGW Key Account Manager Michael Hartl. Due to this reason, a consignation warehouse was implemented, which TGW replenishes with spare parts and is handed over to the customer after two years. Within these two years, TGW employees are on site regularly to conduct maintenance and all-round support. In this package, the 24/7 hotline of TGW’s Life Time Service is included.

"An important point in the realisation of the logistics centre were the topics sustainability and energy efficiency", Hubert Andres narrates. With the conveyor equipment, where energy efficient drives were implemented as well as with the stacker cranes, which are equipped with energy recuperation and to limit their energy demand, run up via an energy management programme, this philosophy is implemented. "Oberalp was a pioneer project regarding energy management. The customer owns a highly developed sense for sustainability and this is mirrored in the implemented solution", says Albert Fischlmayr.

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In the automated mini-load warehouse, 97,152 plastic totes and trays store about 50,000 goods of the brands Salewa, Silvretta and Dynafit flexibly and chaotically. 1.6 MB JPG
Additionally, bigger goods, such as skis, are picked manually. Thus, depending on the season, up to 30,000 goods leave the warehouse per shift. 0.9 MB JPG
The eight aisles oft he mini-load warehouse are equipped with one Mustang stacker crane each. The warehouse systematically replenishes ten picking stations with goods, where about 600 picks per shift are achieved. 1.3 MB JPG